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IndyCar Championship Turns Into Team Penske Prizefight as 2016 Winds Down

(Photo: Bret Kelley/IndyCar)

Simon Pagenaud and Will Power have spent the better part of the last month fighting among themselves for position on the track and in the points standings. The battle continued to rage on at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with the Team Penske teammates bouncing off of each other twice before Pagenaud prevailed for the position …

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Mikhail Aleshin Loses Mid-Ohio Chance to Pit Road Mishap

(Photo: Bret Kelley/IndyCar)

For a time on Sunday, it appeared that Mikhail Aleshin and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports had played the perfect pit strategy. After starting 10th, Aleshin and his team had executed an off-sequence strategy to propel the Russian to the top of the charts, 10 seconds ahead of the dominant duo of Simon Pagenaud and Will Power. …

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Conor Daly Positive After Caution-Free Finish Ruins Mid-Ohio Upset

(Photo: Bret Kelley/IndyCar)

Running 21st and 22nd out of 22 cars for the first 10 laps, it made sense when Dale Coyne Racing’s two teams elected to attempt an off-sequence pit strategy. 80 laps later, rookie Conor Daly nearly saw the strategy transition into his first-career Verizon IndyCar Series win. The decision to pit early came easily for …

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Simon Pagenaud Survives Strategy, Back Pain for Mid-Ohio Win

(Photo: Chris Owens/IndyCar)

Simon Pagenaud survived a full array of differing pit strategies, back pain and a battle with teammate and championship rival Will Power to earn a victory in Sunday’s Honda 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The win is the Frenchman’s fourth of 2016, and the sixth of Pagenaud’s six-year career. Starting on the pole, Pagenaud …

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Santiago Urrutia Dominates from Pole for Mid-Ohio Indy Lights Sweep

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Santiago Urrutia capped off a near-perfect weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday with his second Indy Lights victory in as many days. Piloting the No. 55 machine for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian, Urrutia withstood an early challenge from Felix Serralles and drove off from Dean Stoneman to claim a dominant victory from the pole in the …

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Scott Dixon Leads, But Crashes in IndyCar Mid-Ohio Warmup

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It was a combination of highs and lows for four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champ Scott Dixon as the New Zealander topped Sunday’s warmup, but crashed at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Dixon’s fastest lap, good for a time of 1:04.4039, served as the quickest lap of the planned 30-minute warmup for the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio. …

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Anthony Martin Holds Off Parker Thompson for USF2000 Mid-Ohio Win

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Anthony Martin came into the penultimate weekend for the USF2000 season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course needing a big weekend to close the 20-point gap to teammate Parker Thompson in points. After three strong races, Martin not only closed the gap, he surged into the lead. Martin geld off Thompson by .3101 seconds from the …

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Uncertainty Ahead as Indianapolis Motor Speedway Enters a New Era

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

For the legendary oval in Speedway, Indiana, 2016 has felt somewhat like the final chapter of a lengthy novel. The chapter began in May, when the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted the much-anticipated 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, a milestone that brought out upwards of 350,000 fans to the famed Brickyard and harkened to the …

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Late Crashes Shakeup Chase Picture at Indianapolis

(Photo: Mike Neff)

After an uneventful opening 150 circuits, a gauntlet of late cautions during Sunday’s Crown Royal Presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at The Brickyard served as a significant shakeup to both the race and Chase picture. With every driver looking to gain track position before the field widened out, each restart brought intense, tight racing in the …

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